Game: Club de Fútbol Tigres de la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León Femenil vs. Club Deportivo Guadalajara S.A. de C.V. Femenil
Date: Monday, May 31st
Time: 8:00 p.m. Eastern, 7:00 p.m. Central, 5:00 p.m. Pacific, 12:00 a.m. UTC
Venue: Estadio Universitario (San Nicolás de los Garza, N.L.)
Referees: REF: Karen Hernández Andrade, AR1: Damaris Saray Jiménez Díaz, AR2: Aranza Quero Aguilar, 4TH: Lee Fernanda Natasha Galán Caballero, Asesor: Lucía Mejia Zamudio
All-time record: The teams have met 14 times before, with Tigres winning eight to Chivas’ four and the clubs splitting the points in two draws. The teams have met in the Liguilla before, back in the 2018 Apertura Semifinal round where Tigres beat Chivas 5-3 on aggregate before losing to América on penalties in the Final. When the teams faced off earlier in the season, Tigres won a 4-3 thriller in Guadalajara.
Tigres is a historically great club. That they’ve been involved in every final save one makes that an incontrovertible fact. They can further cement that greatness with a second leg victory over Chivas at El Volcán tomorrow. Chivas won the only Final that didn’t involve Tigres, however had a disappointing result in the first leg and now must battle back down a goal after the first 90 minutes of play.
Throughout the match, Chivas and Tigres looked pretty even, although Tigres eventually wound up getting the upper hand. Caro Jaramillo hit a penalty shot off of the crossbar in the 88th minute, and Tigres scored deep in stoppage on a Greta Espinoza goal to get the advantage.
Tigres are so methodical in the attack, and their ability to quickly find openings and build play is unrivaled. Their counterattack is also deadly, adept at creating numbers advantages and forcing defenses to scramble. Their only weakness may be that they seem to allow bad goals at inopportune times. If they can maintain their focus, they’ll be just fine.
Chivas is not out of this by any stretch though. Tigres has a one goal lead and their building is a house of horrors for opposing teams, but Chivas has a not-so-secret weapon in Licha Cervantes. Cervantes has become Chivas’ all-time leading goalscorer in just two seasons, and has more than any Tigres player has over the past three seasons.
Chivas is more than just Licha Cervantes. Cervantes scored two goals in one game against Toluca this season, and they’ll need top performances from others as well in order to come back and win their second championship. Anette Vázquez also has two goals during the Liguilla, and Gabriela Valenzuela and Miriam Castillo each scored as well. Joseline Montoya contributed eight goals and Jaromillo added five more during the regular season, and Chivas needs them to step up now more than ever.
This series is far from settled, and this is the time that players go from being merely good to being great, and from being merely great to being immortal.